Produce Human Embryos of Mixed Gender (July 3)
Scientists in Chicago have for the first time made human embryos
that are part male and part female, raising ethics questions
and prompting calls for more oversight of the rapidly evolving
field of human embryo manipulation.
continues ban on human reproductive cloning (June 29, correction
from Genetic Crossroads #32)
The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology,
which represents more than 4,000 international fertility experts,
has renewed its moratorium on the cloning of human babies.
take a step nearer to creating an artificial egg using a somatic
cell (July 1)
Scientists believe that they are an important step nearer to
success in creating an artificial egg from the combination of
the nucleus of a somatic cell and an oocyte which has had its
DNA-carrying nucleus removed.
take action on cloning, embryonic research (June 30)
Until recently the [cloning] debate was confined to national
politics, where dueling cloning bills in the US Senate appear
to be canceling each other out. However, state legislatures
are now getting into the act as well.
pregnant with girls after IVF sex-selection (June 28)
A woman with four sons is pregnant with twin girls after raveling
to Spain for sex selection treatment which is illegal in the
genome institute launched (June 20)
In an unprecedented collaboration, Harvard University and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology are joining forces to
launch an ambitious $300 million institute that hopes to take
the mass of raw information generated by the Human Genome Project
and turn it into real-world cures for disease.
age of the savior sibling dawns, pressure mounts inexorably
to change embryo rules (June 20)
The era of the so-called savior sibling appeared to have arrived
yesterday as doctors applauded the birth of Jamie Whitaker -
called into the world to allow his sick older brother Charlie
to live - and the tenacity of his parents who flew to Chicago
for treatment they were banned from undergoing in Britain.
Endorses Cloning for Research (June 17)
The American Medical Association today endorsed cloning for
research purposes, saying it is medically ethical but allowing
doctors who oppose the practice to refuse to perform it.
Therapy Technique May Pose Harm: Study (June 12)
Scientists announced Thursday that their research into the a
particular type of gene therapy raises important questions about
the safety of using retroviruses to carry genes into people.
for stem cell research (June 10)
Scientists who cloned Dolly the sheep have been granted a license
allowing them to carry out controversial stem cell research.